Honestly, I have no idea how many miles my car gets to the gallon. Hopefully one of you software geniuses can collaborate with Ford to build a simple app to show me just how efficient my Taurus is.
Ford is looking to help people to easily learn about their vehicle’s fuel-economy performance with a new Web or Android app that is effortless to use while driving, and they’re willing to give out big cash prizes for your software and ideas via the Ford Personalized Fuel-Efficiency App Challenge. Software developers in the running will be using the OpenXC platform so that the app will pull performance-related data from the car to be sent to a user’s smartphone, tablet or other web-enabled device.
To get started, you’ll need to register a ChallengePost account and create your Web or Android app using the OpenXC program. Once you’ve completed the app, host it online so that the judges and voters can tinker with it and prepare a nice presentation for your application that includes screenshots and a video demonstration. Piece of cake for creative folks like you, right?
There’s $50,000 worth of prize money set aside for the winners, including $25,000 for the maker or team (50 or fewer people can enter as a team) with the best fuel-efficiency measuring app, $15,000 and $5,000 for the second and third best apps, as well as the $1,000 “Popular Choice” award given to the app with the most votes.
If you’re not as inclined to tinker with OpenXC as some of my other readers are, but have some innovative ideas of how a great customizable fuel-efficiency app should be made, throw your ideas into the ring at the Ford Personal Fuel-Efficiency Ideas Challenge. After all, if Ford likes your idea, you could be one of ten forward thinkers to earn $100 for your suggestion!
You have until July 24, 2013, at 5PM EST to submit your app or idea to the Ford Personalized Fuel-Efficiency App Challenge and Ford Personal Fuel-Efficiency Ideas Challenge, respectively. Now get out there and show me how to use my car’s feedback data to optimize my fuel consumption!
If you’re ready to enter, or if you’d like more information about the contests, click here.
Sources: Ford Personalized Fuel-Efficiency App Challenge, Ford Personal Fuel-Efficiency Ideas Challenge, The Christian Science Monitor